Supreme Court rules for Wal-Mart in massive job discrimination lawsuit
June 20th, 2011
10:21 AM ET

Supreme Court rules for Wal-Mart in massive job discrimination lawsuit

The Supreme Court put the brakes on a massive job discrimination lawsuit against mega-retailer Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., saying sweeping class-action status that could potentially involve hundreds of thousands of current and former female workers was simply too large.

The ruling Monday was a big victory for the nation's largest private employer, and the business community at large.

The high-profile case– perhaps the most closely watched of the high court's term– is among the most important dealing with corporate versus worker rights that the justices have ever heard, and could eventually impact nearly every private employer, large and small.

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Gisel Ruiz, Executive Vice President for Wal-Mart U.S., said in a statement the company was "pleased" with the court's ruling.

"Walmart has had strong policies against discrimination for many years. The Court today unanimously rejected class certification and, as the majority made clear, the plaintiffs’ claims were worlds away from showing a companywide discriminatory pay and promotion policy," the statement said. "By reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, the majority effectively ends this class action lawsuit.

“Walmart has a long history of providing advancement opportunities for our female associates and will continue its efforts to build a robust pipeline of future female leaders.”

The case is Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes (10-277).

soundoff (948 Responses)
  1. educatedguess

    n owonder the local flee markets are full of crap still factory-sealed with walmart sticker on. there are more than one way to express how you hate your dirty greedy employer.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Stephane

    I may not agee with supreme court decision,but may this is a break thru we are a sue happy society. Maybe the attotneys can find another route.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Conkfritter

    . The poltical bomb is ticking. A Second American Revoulution is coming and all bets will be off on how we get through it. The classes ares starting to separate and the Goverment is pulling towards the rich. WALMART is a cancer that will engulf all of our society and will control how we live. DO NOT SHOP WALMART!!! Save your own local stores and keep your locals employed. The future is ours to lose. Starts with Wal Mart.....

    June 20, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Just Wondering

    Here is a typical case of JUSTICE being BLIND......... we got's to protect poor WAL MART.....

    June 20, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. coolbreeze


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  6. Kat

    Hmmm.... Too big?? Effects too many people??? Isn't that the definition of a monopoly?? Isn't that what contributed to the bail-out of the banking industry?? What happened to a government "of the people, for the people and by the people?"

    June 20, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Dub1045

      Tomorrow's headlines. Wal Mart suffers largest drop in Sales in History. Obama announces bailout.....WalMart is too big to fail he says..just look at what the Supremes said... WalMart stockholders celebrate......"free money from the government" only in America with Chinese goods......Oh Obama is borrowing the money from the Chinese so he can give it to WalMart so they can buy Chinese products for us to buy........I'm thinking it may be good to be Chinese these days........

      June 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gary

    First the fedceral govt. decides companies are too big to fail and now the federal courts have decided companies are too big to sue. Ain't that special. Once again the common man does not get equal treatment in this Country. Wal-Mart rules.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. educatedguess

    show the supreme-thugs who their real bosses are.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pete

    The court is the last hope for an ordinary citizens to have their case heard. Recent rulings by the Supreme Court have the effect of preventing future suites being filed. If citizens can't get justice from courts, they will riot in the streets.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. GloSeattle

    Massive job descrimination case too large? Wasn't a decision to elect a president a decision affecting even more people and therfore too large? Aren't the decisions the Supreme Court makes supposed to affect laws that impact large populations? I used to believe the Supreme Court was the bastian of sanity in legal draws, now we're left in a sea of rulings that are of, for, and by foreign interests and corporations. Can "we the people" still fire anyone in government who isn't doing their job for us?

    June 20, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. ARTraveler

    I guess SCOTUS really stands for "Supreme Corporation of the United States". I guess WalMart would be free to poison 100,000 people as that would be too large for a 12-man jury to handle also.

    Too big-you just gave a free pass to every large corporation to continually discriminate against their employees, the environment, state laws, etc. I guess the Repuiblicans and Chamber of Commerce really did stack the Court!

    June 20, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. cs

    same group who decided that corporations are people too..

    June 20, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. sgurdog

    I guess WalMart is deemed too big to fail now too. Anyone else see where this is going?

    June 20, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. quieteye

    Too Big to Fail
    Too Big for Justice
    The American Way evolves
    Too Big to Handle

    June 20, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. educatedguess

    is your retirement investement still in walmart stocks? when are you gonna stop robbing your own future?

    June 20, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      I invested in Exxon. Love it!!!!

      June 20, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
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